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My road to success (Moving Update 2)

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uchiha101

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This thread will be about my journey to the million dollar comic and the struggles, failures and successes that come with it since many boardies requested it I will not longer post my transactions but try what revat said :). I also have a bunch of inspirational people two of them being Walt Disney and Steve Jobs because I want to be the next rags to riches story not to the degree of Steve Jobs or Walt Disney but I want to make a million dollars buying and selling a comic and making enough money with this venture to never again say I can't afford something :)

 

Thoughts and plans

Sell my comics

Sell IH 180 CGC 5.0

 

Milestones I want to reach

Get my first four figure sale

 

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1 minute ago, Buzzetta said:

Not really... I see it all the time. 

I experienced it again after a dealer reached out to buy everything that I was offering in a listing. 

He told me what his bottom line was and what his best offer was. 

Since I declined, I already sold some of the items equating to what his offer was on my own and have plenty left over to make more.

I would never sell to a dealer at this point.  Not while my fingers and eyes work in order to operate a computer. 

Of course a dealer is going to offer a lower price, they need to make money to stay in business.  But consigning and selling are two different things; you’re original post seems to intermingle the two.

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1 minute ago, mattn792 said:

Of course a dealer is going to offer a lower price, they need to make money to stay in business.  But consigning and selling are two different things; you’re original post seems to intermingle the two.

That's fair.

But even with what he is doing... to me it is all enveloped under personal laziness.   Whoever consigns with him is paying the eBay fee as well as Gabe's fee.  

 

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54 minutes ago, oakman29 said:

It's truly a sad thing when your support system(family, friends, etc.) Fail you. Like you're rowing a small row boat in the ocean, and you're not moving because the waves push you back.

I suspect that support system tried repeatedly and finally capitulated.  How do you help someone who won't make good decisions and won't listen to reason and insists on leading their life their way?  And doesn't this thread follow exactly that pattern?

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11 minutes ago, Buzzetta said:

That's fair.

But even with what he is doing... to me it is all enveloped under personal laziness.   Whoever consigns with him is paying the eBay fee as well as Gabe's fee.  

 

I'm not sure laziness is always accurate.  Consigning makes sense for someone who's very busy, not experienced in the hobby - perhaps inherited a collection, or someone who makes far more per hour doing something else.  

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5 minutes ago, thehumantorch said:

I suspect that support system tried repeatedly and finally capitulated.  How do you help someone who won't make good decisions and won't listen to reason and insists on leading their life their way?  And doesn't this thread follow exactly that pattern?

Yep.

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2 minutes ago, oakman29 said:
7 minutes ago, thehumantorch said:

I suspect that support system tried repeatedly and finally capitulated.  How do you help someone who won't make good decisions and won't listen to reason and insists on leading their life their way?  And doesn't this thread follow exactly that pattern?

Yep.

Or put another way

you can lead a horse to water but you can't make it sell it's bitcoin

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31 minutes ago, thehumantorch said:

I'm not sure laziness is always accurate.  Consigning makes sense for someone who's very busy, not experienced in the hobby - perhaps inherited a collection, or someone who makes far more per hour doing something else.  

Follow me around for a day.  I will show you very busy.  I find the time to list a few here and a few there.  Once it is listed, it is up until I pull it down.  It does not take much effort to box something up when it sells.  Last year, eBay basically paid for my complete bath remodel.   Some people like to sleep while they are on their hour commute into Manhattan.  I wanted to pay for my bathroom. 

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6 minutes ago, Buzzetta said:

Follow me around for a day.  I will show you very busy.  I find the time to list a few here and a few there.  Once it is listed, it is up until I pull it down.  It does not take much effort to box something up when it sells.  Last year, eBay basically paid for my complete bath remodel.   Some people like to sleep while they are on their hour commute into Manhattan.  I wanted to pay for my bathroom. 

Here’s something to keep in mind though - if I want to get a book in front of buyers at cons across the country, I NEED to consign it.  I’m not a dealer, I don’t have booths, and I don’t travel to shows.  So I’ll happily pay the 10% for maximum exposure.

Now, could I put that book on eBay?  Sure.  If I want to pay more fees, get less eyes, and risk someone trying to scam me.

Sell it yourself is not always the best option.

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40 minutes ago, mattn792 said:

Here’s something to keep in mind though - if I want to get a book in front of buyers at cons across the country, I NEED to consign it.  I’m not a dealer, I don’t have booths, and I don’t travel to shows.  So I’ll happily pay the 10% for maximum exposure.

Now, could I put that book on eBay?  Sure.  If I want to pay more fees, get less eyes, and risk someone trying to scam me.

Sell it yourself is not always the best option.

Fees are about the same on eBay - PayPal is 3%.  For 3% I like to make sure the numbers are right where they should be. 

I have a trust issue on consignment after knowing that someone was once skimming off the top.  If they told you the book sold for $1900 and they were to receive 10%, it was disheartening to find out that they really sold the book for the full $2000, pocketed $100 and then wanted their 10%. 

Do it yourself.   I stand behind that. 

 

For you maybe it works... if it works... it works. 

 

For me... do it yourself and when people raise the subject, I am always going to advise them to do the same.   Sell it yourself.  Cut out the middle man at all costs. 

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It's more than laziness and lack of motivation, as anyone who has read these schemes knows. There's pure delusional and mental illness at play. Whether it's biological or individually-psychological is anyone's guess.

Gabe refuses professional analysis or assistance that doesn't align with his perception/wants. I think we can safely assume how he approaches any amateur, family, or friendly advice. I wouldn't deal with it after so long. Insanity, as you know...

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3 hours ago, theCapraAegagrus said:

It's more than laziness and lack of motivation, as anyone who has read these schemes knows. There's pure delusional and mental illness at play. Whether it's biological or individually-psychological is anyone's guess.

Gabe refuses professional analysis or assistance that doesn't align with his perception/wants. I think we can safely assume how he approaches any amateur, family, or friendly advice. I wouldn't deal with it after so long. Insanity, as you know...

I would say the upside is that he is not in a position of power where the ramifications of his stubbornness, entitlement, mental deficiencies, inability to process advice from people with more experience or expertise, prioritization of short-term gain, conspiratorial delusions, really have a ton of negative impact on anyone else but him. 

 

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13 hours ago, Buzzetta said:
13 hours ago, thehumantorch said:

I'm not sure laziness is always accurate.  Consigning makes sense for someone who's very busy, not experienced in the hobby - perhaps inherited a collection, or someone who makes far more per hour doing something else.  

Follow me around for a day.  I will show you very busy.  I find the time to list a few here and a few there.  Once it is listed, it is up until I pull it down.  It does not take much effort to box something up when it sells.  Last year, eBay basically paid for my complete bath remodel.   Some people like to sleep while they are on their hour commute into Manhattan.  I wanted to pay for my bathroom. 

Hey I get it but what works for you may not work for someone else.  If you try I'm sure you could come up with umpteen reasons why someone would consign a collection or sell it through auction rather than do the work themselves.

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7 hours ago, thehumantorch said:

Hey I get it but what works for you may not work for someone else.  If you try I'm sure you could come up with umpteen reasons why someone would consign a collection or sell it through auction rather than do the work themselves.

I think there is a big difference between selling something through auction and consigning it through a dealer.   I have no problem with anyone selling something at auction.  In many cases you will still get more than if you sell your collection directly to a dealer.   Consignment?  I don't trust it as I have personally seen some shadiness.    However consignment, as much as I do not personally trust it or would ever do it, is preferable to direct sale to a dealer. 

 

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On 3/11/2020 at 10:01 PM, Buzzetta said:

That's fair.

But even with what he is doing... to me it is all enveloped under personal laziness.   Whoever consigns with him is paying the eBay fee as well as Gabe's fee.  

 

Buzz, go back and reread Gabe's fee structure.  There is no Gabe's fee.  He basically says you can either pay him 10% or set a price that it sells for and anything over that Gabe keeps.  So if I give him my first edition charizard holofoil (interestingly enough, got that in the first pack of Pokemon cards I ever bought when I was 13) and tell him the price is $18,000 (which is what the market value of the card is) Then if he sells it for $18,000 he makes $0.  Heck if he sells it for $18,500 he only makes $500 on a $18,500 sale (which is 2.7%).  He would have just been better off undercutting other dealers consignment rate. 

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4 hours ago, jaybuck43 said:

Buzz, go back and reread Gabe's fee structure.  There is no Gabe's fee.  He basically says you can either pay him 10% or set a price that it sells for and anything over that Gabe keeps.  So if I give him my first edition charizard holofoil (interestingly enough, got that in the first pack of Pokemon cards I ever bought when I was 13) and tell him the price is $18,000 (which is what the market value of the card is) Then if he sells it for $18,000 he makes $0.  Heck if he sells it for $18,500 he only makes $500 on a $18,500 sale (which is 2.7%).  He would have just been better off undercutting other dealers consignment rate. 

We can discuss this at Rao’s. 
 

We could also take a trip up to Canada and directly discuss this with Gabe.  I think round trip flights are down to $1.97 leaving out of LaGuardia.  $5.92 out of JFK. 

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Wow, it’s been almost a year.  Throwing up a wellness check post.  Where for art thou, Gabe?

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45 minutes ago, mattn792 said:

Wow, it’s been almost a year.  Throwing up a wellness check post.  Where for art thou, Gabe?

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He's still around playing in the pokemon pool

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